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How to Create a Vision Board that will Change Your Life

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias The past two weeks the kids and I have been on a last minute trip to visit my parents in Florida. It's been such an unexpected experience because while there a dear friend passed away way too young at … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about Emotions { Inside Out Printable Feelings Flash Cards }

Kids Emotions Sadness #PlayNGrow

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayNGrow #CollectiveBias The past couple of weeks Ronin's little league baseball team was in the playoffs. The season definitely started with some strong emotions on both of our parts, being his first year playing. But he ended up … [Read more...]

How to Help a Friend Who’s Lost a Loved One to Suicide

How to help a friend who's lost a loved one to suicide

I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. To loss a loved one to suicide. So what do you do when a dear friend losses someone they love? You want to be there for your friend, and help them in their time of grief. But it can feel so overwhelming knowing what to do to support them during this loss, because suicide is such a difficult and … [Read more...]

New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

New Mom Checklist for seeking help for maternal mental health

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety #sensitivesmiles #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias I've always had issues with my teeth. Cavities and sensitivity, even when my mom diligently took me to the dentist every six months as a kid. It sucks! But I have to be honest, I hate taking care … [Read more...]

How To Find the Right Doctors: Interview Them

This is something that is so critical to remember. Not all doctors are created equal. -->How to Find the Best Doctor for you: Interview Them

Did you know you can interview your doctors? Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but there was a time, at the beginning of my mental health struggles, when I had NO idea I could interview psychiatrists and therapists in my search to find a good one. I always just assumed that whomever I landed on would know what he or she was doing because of … [Read more...]

Peaceful Spaces Amid the Chaos: Appealing to the Senses {Plus DIY Mason Jar Vase}

Creating peaceful spaces amid the chaos by appealing to the senses #smellsclean #ad

A few weeks ago, John went on a business trip leaving me to the job of solo parenting the kiddos. When they were babies I dreaded those trips. The house became a complete and utter disaster. My only adult contact was the UPS guy or grocery store clerk. I had kid(s) attached to me 24/7 ... yeah, it was a LONG time before they both slept in their own … [Read more...]

Projecting Anxiety in Momhood: Is it Mine or Theirs?

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It happens a lot as a mom with anxiety. My kids are faced with situations that I find overwhelming and I project my own anxiety onto them. Or do I? Ronin has had some struggles with anxiety in his early years. At seven, he's so much more confident than he used to be and has really flourished at school and activities the past few years. … [Read more...]

Facebook Rolls Out New Suicide Prevention Feature

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Facebook is launching a new suicide prevention feature, and it is so heartening to see social media moving in this direction. Many social media sites have offered ways to "report" suicidal or self harm posts or content for the last few years, but in a new partnership, I believe Facebook is taking things is the right direction. You can … [Read more...]

Don’t Just Survive. 10 Tips to Thrive During the Holidays.

Don't just survive Ten Tips to Thrive During the Holidays

The holiday season is truly in full swing, and I am feeling it. Are you? No matter what holidays you and your family celebrate (Happy Hannukah by the way!) this time of year brings so much stress! The to-do list is LONG. Yes I admit, a lot of it is actually fun. But just because something is fun doesn't mean it isn't stressful. It … [Read more...]

Sex When Motherhood and Mental Health Shut Me Down

Motherhood, Mental Health and Intimacy #themoodstrikes #ad

.  Intimacy.  These days passion is not something I feel comfortable talking about, much less blogging about. But in my heart, I know that I should, and I had this opportunity to open up for the #Collective Bias #TheMoodStrikes campaign, so I've decided to take the leap [insert horrible anxiety.] … [Read more...]

My “Me Time” Tech Hack and Gift Idea for Mom

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Disclosure: I am a Verizon #MoreSeattle Team Member and received product. All opinions are my own as always. My kids are so LOUD! Seriously, they have an issue with volume control and my anxiety does not like it at all. Especially when they are fighting. And at 7 and almost 5, they fight and play and fight and play a lot. I love seeing … [Read more...]

Mom Style: Day to Date Night Transition

Mom Style Easy Transition from Day to Date Night

Disclosure: Lee Jeans provided product and will provide the winner with a product of choice. No other compensation was received. This post includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own as always. So yes, I'm a mom. I work from home. I shuffle the kids to and fro, and once in awhile I'm lucky enough to have a date night, or ladies night, … [Read more...]

Easy Hairstyles: From Day to Date Night

Easy hairstyles day to date night #ad #heartmyhair

Isn't it a huge pain to style your hair everyday? I have color treated hair (damn you gray roots!) and right now it is super long. I love it, but I keep debating chopping it, especially this time of year with the cold and damp weather because it takes forever to dry. Until recently, the alternative to hacking it off has been … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Postpartum Support for Military Moms

Support Our Nation's Veterans

Today for Veteran's Day, I would like to send out my heartfelt thanks to the many brave men and women who serve this country, as well as their families back at home. Military moms rock! As a civilian, it's impossible for me to truly understand the pressure and stress of being in the military, or married to a service person. But … [Read more...]

Becoming Someone Else

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

As children we like to play pretend, be creative and dress up. We love to act silly, bold or brave and become someone else. But once we grow up, that isn't always the case anymore.  I suppose I never grew up because I've always been--even before kids--the one at the office dressed up on Halloween. It's always been one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

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Sunday was our big community walk for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention here locally in Seattle. You may know I'm on a Board of Directors here in Washington State, so I was there as volunteer event staff, a new position for me. At last year's Seattle walk I was a volunteer handing out honor beads to attendees, and years … [Read more...]

Sleeping Beauty Inspired Princess Pampering Party

Princess Party Ideas

Last week marked the release of the Sleeping Beauty DVD and Blu-Ray, the perfect time to throw a princess pampering party don't you think? Honestly, I feel any time is the right time to get pampered like a princess, little girls and big girls alike. Taking the opportunity once in a while to treat ourselves … [Read more...]

Boost your Wardrobe and Attitude in 10 Steps

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Fashion. For some us, that word sparks excitement, for others, a heavy sigh, and for still others, a bit of a sarcastic snarl. We women fall all across the spectrum of emotional reaction to the word that describes what we wear and how we wear it--the word that carries a weighty connotation of coolness, acceptance, trendiness or lack … [Read more...]

Be a Superhero #EndSuicide

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These people are real live superheroes. Each one has survived intense suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempts. They all have an illness that's symptoms often include intrusive thoughts of wanting to die. And that is so so very scary and sad and frustrating, but no matter what, they continue to fight. So to me that makes them superheroes, even … [Read more...]

Mom’s Time Out with Bigelow Tea

Mom's Time Out with Bigelow Tea #shop

School started for us on Tuesday and I have to admit I am so very glad its here. Even though back to school begins that busy time of drops offs, pick ups, homework and driving all over creation, I finally have a couple of hours a few days a week for a time out when they are BOTH in school! So today I'm putting my feet up and calling for tea … [Read more...]